Annotations for For the Duration : The War Years


Baker & Taylor
Although so much has changed since the start of the war, including losing his cousin in the war and his uncle preparing to be sent away to basic training, many things have stayed the same and so young Tomie must learn to adjust to all the changes while still living his life in the midst of major world events.

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Baker & Taylor
The author relates his childhood memories of World War II, from gas rationing to air-raid drills, but tells how his friends from school, family, and doing things that he was good at carried him through.

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Penguin Putnam
Tomie keeps hearing the phrase, ?For the duration.? Gas is being rationed ?for the duration.? The Fourth of July fireworks will be the last show ?for the duration.? So many things will be different as long as the war goes on, but much of Tomie?s life goes on as usual. He?s excited about starring in a dance recital, taking the bus around town all by himself, and having his first Communion. But Tomie is also still getting over his cousin?s death in the war, and he has to say good-bye to his uncle as he ships off to basic training. And then he has a run-in with some bullies and his brother doesn?t even help him out. Luckily, Tomie knows there are a lot of people he can count on for the duration.



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